A suspension of the agitation over the Amarnath row is necessary to pave the way for a dialogue, senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Wednesday.
After attending an all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Azad said he was happy that all political parties echoed the view that the situation in the state was serious and there should be no room for communalisation of politics.
"A situation should be created where the agitation should be suspended at least for a few days so that discussion can take place to find a peaceful solution to the problem," Azad said.
He added that it is important for the current agitation to stop because "you cannot solve a problem by undertaking protests for weeks and months together."
On why the government was not using force against the protesters, he said, "The government is doing all it can to defuse the tension but we cannot kill our children on the streets".
He said that at the all-party meeting, the government reiterated its full support to the security of Amarnath Yatra.